Dental X-rays, also known as dental radiographs, are specialized images that offer a behind-the-scenes look at your teeth, gums and jawbone. These X-rays are vital for diagnosing conditions that are not visible during a routine dental checkup. They are also useful for tracking changes to your smile to pinpoint any possible concerns.
An abscess is a pocket of infection that forms around the root of the tooth. X-rays are a critical part of early detection and treatment.
Teeth that have failed to emerge through the gums, commonly seen with wisdom teeth, reveal on X-rays if they need to be surgically removed.
Cysts, tumors and other pathological changes in the oral cavity can be detected with more advanced X-rays like panoramic X-rays or CBCT.
X-rays are vital for monitoring tooth development and are particularly useful for identifying dental issues related to tooth alignment or spacing.
Dental X-rays can help locate foreign objects in the teeth or gums in cases of trauma or accident.
Typically, little preparation is needed for dental X-rays. You may be asked to remove any metal objects from your mouth, such as piercings, and wear a lead apron as a protective measure. The X-ray machine is then positioned to capture images. You’ll need to hold still for a few seconds while the image is taken.
Digital imaging allows X-rays to be sent directly to a computer, becoming instantly available for viewing, storing or printing.
Digital X-rays require far less radiation exposure compared to traditional film X-rays, making it safer for you.
X-rays are viewable on-screen within seconds, making consultation and treatment planning more efficient.
Digital technology offers incredible image clarity. The image can be magnified and enhanced allowing your dentist to quickly diagnose any concerns.
Need to see a specialist? Digital X-rays can be electronically sent to other providers along with your dental history.
Subtraction radiography allows your dentist to digitally compare your current and past X-rays. This can reveal even the slightest changes that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.
Aspen Dental uses the latest digital technology, offering top-notch image quality and minimal radiation exposure.
Highly skilled dental professionals are experts at capturing and interpreting digital X-rays, ensuring an accurate and efficient diagnosis.
The speed and clarity of digital X-rays allows you to make quicker and more informed decisions about your dental care. This puts you at the center of your treatment planning process.
Your dentist will review the X-rays and discuss any findings with you. They will also answer any questions you have and discuss possible treatment options.
Based on the X-ray results, your dentist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
You may request a copy of your X-rays for your records or for a second opinion, if necessary.
The cost of dental X-rays depends on factors such as your geographical location, the type of X-ray and whether you have dental insurance. Basic bitewing X-rays may cost between $25 and $75, while more specialized X-rays, like panoramic or 3D images, can range from $100 to $250 or more. Contact your local Aspen Dental for a precise cost estimate tailored to your specific needs and to confirm what portion of the cost is covered by your insurance.
Dental X-rays are generally considered safe during pregnancy, especially when proper protective measures like lead aprons are used to shield the abdomen and thyroid.
The frequency of X-rays depends on your individual needs. Generally, if you’re a new patient, a set of X-rays will be taken for a comprehensive overview of your dental condition. Your dentist may recommend additional imaging based on your oral health history or if concerns are found during a routine checkup.
Yes, dental X-rays are generally considered safe, as they expose you to a very low level of radiation compared to other types of X-rays. Modern techniques and protective measures like lead aprons further minimize the risks, making the procedure safe for children and adults.
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